Loan Products

Conventional Loans

We have great 5% and 3% down programs. Call Waterloo Mortgage today to learn more to see if you qualify.

FHA Purchase Loans

FHA mortgage loans are issued by federally qualified lenders certified by the U.S. Federal Housing Authority, a division of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. FHA loans are an attractive option, especially for first-time homeowners: 

  • Generally easier to qualify for than conventional loans.
  • Lower down payment requirements.
  • Cannot exceed statutory loan limits.

Down Payments can be: 

  • From the FHA borrower’s own savings
  • A gift from a family member 
  • Grants from a state or local government down-payment assistance program.


1% Down or Nothing Down.

This is a great Conventional program for homeowners who are looking to get into a home with little down. Call today to find out more information on how to qualify.

Jumbo Loans

Jumbo Loans exceed the maximum loan amounts established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conventional loan limits.  Rates on jumbo loans are typically higher than conforming loans.  Jumbo Loans are typically used to buy more expensive homes and construction homes, and usually require a higher down payment than traditional loans. Borrowers will expect to provide a downpayment of at least 10 – 20 percent for a purchase or have that in equity.

One Time Close (OTC)

One Time Close loans are construction to perm financing. Meaning there is only one closing at the title company and not two. It saves closing cost and time upfront. We must approve the builder and title company first. 

ARMs

Not as scary as you may think.


Fixed-Period ARMs

Borrows often lock into 3 to 10 years of fixed rate payments before the initial interest rate change. At the end of the fixed period, the interest rate adjusts annually. Fixed-period ARMs are typically tied to the one-year Treasury securities index: 3/1, 5/1, 7/1 and 10/1. ARMs with an initial fixed period beside of lifetime and adjustment caps usually have also first adjustment cap. It limits the interest rate you will pay the first time your rate is adjusted. First adjustment caps vary with type of loan program. The advantage of these loans is that the interest rate is lower than for a 30-year fixed (the lender is not locked in for as long so their risk is lower and they can charge less) but you still get the advantage of a fixed rate for a period of time. 


Hybrid ARMs


The Hybrid ARM offers a fixed rate for a specified time period, typically 5 or 7 years, and then adjust to the current market rate. After the adjustment the mortgage stays at the new fixed rate for the remainder of the loan period. 


Graduated Payment ARMs 

Graduated payment mortgages initially offer lower payments at the start of the loan that gradually increase at preset times. Lower initial payments allow borrowers to qualify for a larger loan amount. Loan amounts negatively amortize during the early years of the loan then pay off the principal at an accelerated rate through the later years. GPM payment plans will vary by rate of payment increases and number of years over which payments will increase. The greater the rate of increase, or the longer the period of increase — the lower the initial mortgage payments. Convertible ARMs If an adjustable rate mortgage is convertible, the borrower may convert to a fixed rate mortgage, when interest rates begin to rise, without refinancing. The new rate is established at the current market rate for fixed-rate mortgages. The terms of convertibility vary among lenders. Typically it involves a nominal fee and minimal paperwork. The downside is that the conversion interest rate is often a little higher than the market rate at the time of conversion. A fixed rate loan with a rate reduction option allows borrowers, under predetermined conditions, to adjust to the current market rate for a nominal fee. The discount points or interest rates are often slightly higher for convertible loans. 


Buydown Mortgage 

A temporary buydown initially offers a lower interest rate and lower monthly payments. In order to reduce monthly payments during the first years, borrowers make an initial lump sum payment or agree to a higher interest rate. Over the years, the interest rate gradually increases until it peaks at a fixed rate. Borrowers who chose this loan often expect a significant increase in their income.